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IEM under $150

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
Hi, I am new the forum (and any audio stuff in general), I feel sorry for my wallet just as much as you guys do , I am thinking about getting a new IEM. I am a student, the most I can afford is $150, of course the cheaper the better. Last (and only) earphone I own, believe it or not, is the PSP earphone, it is bad on both hearing and fitting. Then I decided to get a new one, since I am buying might as well pay more to get a decent one rather than a cheap one that might be just as bad as the one I had.

After some research, I hear a lots of good thing about UE’s super.fi 3 and 5 pro IEM. But fitting is pretty important to me because I will be using it mostly during jogging (cross country). I am thinking about Shure. Entry level e2c and se110 cost under $90, but I heard many bad opinions toward them. What I heard the most about the series is that Shure only gets good with model e4c (se310) and above, which cost at least $200 . As I was saying, I am very new to music related stuff, so I don’t know if I can tell the different between a 50 dollar set and a 200 dollar set.

Thanks in advace
post #2 of 23
if u cant tell the difference, i would suggest u go and listen to some before you buy anything... u dont wanna buy something u dont hear better right?
post #3 of 23
What kind of music do you listen to?
post #4 of 23
Thread Starter 
I don't really spend much time looking for musics, I usually get musics from friends, so a earphones do well with most genre will be great.

Also, where can I find earphones with better price, with warranty will be great, ebay is not an option for me because I cannot get paypal to work properly.
post #5 of 23
Thread Starter 
Actually let me restate my question.

I am choosing between SE110, SE210, Super.fi 3 and possibly e4c and Super.fi 5 pro (at a more reasonable price ). Which one is the better playing wide range of music and performance/cost? Or any other suggestion?

PS:Can you give me some location that might have any IEM "sample" like TSi suggested? My local bestbuy only has some speaker systems and ipod speakers for testing.

Thanks for the replies
post #6 of 23
SF5 Pro sounds the best of those IEMs. Perfomance vs cost is really subjective, but in my opinion it does well in that area. Guitar center has some of those rebranded UE IEMs (I forget what they are called) on display, and one of them is the same thing as the SF5 Pro. IIRC, the Apple store has Shures that you can demo, but I could be completely wrong on this. Be sure to remember that B&M stores like Best Buy and Circuit City have 30 day return policies (no restocking fee) on items that are not TVs/speakers/computers etc. So, you can go to Best Buy and pick up some Shure IEMs and if you don't like them you can return them for a refund.
post #7 of 23
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Originally Posted by filipelli View Post
What kind of music do you listen to?
Will you please stop asking this nonsense question. It's equal to "Good stuff" type of reply.

To OP, Ety-ER4 (P or S) can be found in this price range. You can tune sound to your liking by switching tips or varying impedance with P/S cable, although I cannot imagine going to P after trying S.
I cannot think of anything it this price range more technically capable. They scale tremendously with amplification, I can use them in home system without missing a lot from full size cans. Details and clarity are just unbelievable.
post #8 of 23
Thread Starter 
ER4 gets a pretty decent discount. Can you give me brief comparison between decent IEM around the 150 mark and 100 mark, in sound quality, fitting, noise canceling etc.

Thanks!
post #9 of 23
i say save some money and grab up the Beyer DTX50 / Crossroads mylar X3 combo from Jaben. That is a great way to spend $100 if you're new to IEMs/ECHs.
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by Andrew_WOT View Post
Will you please stop asking this nonsense question. It's equal to "Good stuff" type of reply.

To OP, Ety-ER4 (P or S) can be found in this price range. You can tune sound to your liking by switching tips or varying impedance with P/S cable, although I cannot imagine going to P after trying S.
I cannot think of anything it this price range more technically capable. They scale tremendously with amplification, I can use them in home system without missing a lot from full size cans. Details and clarity are just unbelievable.
I'm not quite sure filipelli's question should be discounted so quickly. Depending on the type of music the OP listens to, different IEMs would be recommendable. If he listened to a genre of music that values attention to detail, then he may want to go towards Etymotic IEMs. However, if he prefers more bass-laden music (ie: electronic, rock) with less of a requirement for precise and analytical qualities, but instead more fun, then Shures or Super.fi's may be more suitable.
post #11 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies again,

I also heard great things about Crossroads mylar X3, but since Jaben pay by paypal, it's no longer an option for me unfortunately.

I will be using it during running, will shure, UE, and etymotic IEMs able to perform well on the move? Also it will be used mostly out door.

One side question, I heard nothing about super.fi 4, is it any good?
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by intoflatlines View Post
SF5 Pro sounds the best of those IEMs. Perfomance vs cost is really subjective, but in my opinion it does well in that area. Guitar center has some of those rebranded UE IEMs (I forget what they are called) on display, and one of them is the same thing as the SF5 Pro. IIRC, the Apple store has Shures that you can demo, but I could be completely wrong on this. Be sure to remember that B&M stores like Best Buy and Circuit City have 30 day return policies (no restocking fee) on items that are not TVs/speakers/computers etc. So, you can go to Best Buy and pick up some Shure IEMs and if you don't like them you can return them for a refund.
If you can scrape up a few extra $, Amazon has the UE Super.fi 5Pro for 180 bucks - you can avoid the Sales Tax, get free shipping and if you don't like 'em they will take them back.....
post #13 of 23
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Originally Posted by Andrew_WOT View Post
Will you please stop asking this nonsense question. It's equal to "Good stuff" type of reply.


I think that the genre of music that is going to be listened to is a pretty good determining factor in buying headphones. Some sound signatures mix well with certain genres but sound bad with others, in my opinion.
post #14 of 23
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Originally Posted by exe163 View Post
Thanks for the replies again,

I also heard great things about Crossroads mylar X3, but since Jaben pay by paypal, it's no longer an option for me unfortunately.

I will be using it during running, will shure, UE, and etymotic IEMs able to perform well on the move? Also it will be used mostly out door.

One side question, I heard nothing about super.fi 4, is it any good?
The Super.fi 4 is more of a fashion enabled super.fi 3 they were primarily designed for the iPhone (the vi version) and the iTouch.....
post #15 of 23
I would suggest Jays d-Jays. They are very nice for jogging, because of their design, they don't fall out of your ear (they lay flat and don't stick out). Very nice detail and midrange. Bass is no Senn CX300, but is nice too.
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